Q: Hi Playground — If you were taking a 14 year old girl to Paris in April, where would you stay that isn’t too expensive but has charm and is close to chocolate soufflés and other amusements? Any other advice is welcome, too. Thanks! ~ Suzanne
A: Hi Suzanne, Wow, how lucky is your teen daughter? Springtime in the City of Lights is especially lovely. The weather is usually sunny and cool, perfect for exploring, and the flowers are starting to bloom. As an added bonus, you’re not at the height of tourist season yet.
For charm and easy access to Paris highlights on a budget with your teen, I’d recommend the Left Bank, especially the Latin Quarter. Here’s you’ll be near the shopping of Saint Germain des Pres, have easy access to the Luxembourg Gardens, the Seine, and Notre Dame; and be able to access the Metro to see other city sights.
Hotel des Grandes Ecoles is a good choice in the Latin Quarter, with rooms that can fit three people (a rarity in Paris) and a lovely garden setting that will allow you and your daughter to make the most of the spring weather.
Hotel Minerve is a favorite in the Latin Quarter as well, with modern touches (there’s free WiFi), without losing it’s authentic Parisian charm with exposed brick and cozy seating areas. Next door, and owned by the same proprietor, is Familia Hotel, which has been a budget favorite for decades — the rooms are smaller, but with its low prices, you might be able to get two rooms for you and your teen.
For fabulous eats for junior foodies, be sure to check out our previous post on where to eat with teens in Paris.
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